kvs wrote:People should give Russia some slack for actually trying to integrate into the world economy. Calling not having 100% domestic
production for everything as "stupid" is rather silly. No country that is not a pauper hermit state does this. But NATO, the
pack of bloody hyenas that wants to rule the world, decided to sabotage Russia for daring to be independent and not a vassal.
And now Russia is showing them a lesson in humility. All the bloviating on this site about how Russia can't do this and can't do
that and my God has program delays of a few years is pure and utter BS. As if any country, take Haiti for example, can just
bootstrap itself into some arbitrary economic state of its desire on the drop of a hat. For most of the world and billions of
people, what Russia is achieving can only be dreamed of.
Just because the Soviet fell doesn't mean our aerospace industry should have fallen with it. There used to be two dominant powers in aerospace, us and the Americans. Now it is the Americans and France. Why should France replace us as the number two in the world? Sanctions this, sanctions that... there are other countries we could have tied up for funding with but never did. There is a clear failure of leadership here and the heads of the UAC should roll for it.
To compare us to Haiti....
We had the infrastructure, the universities, the greatest minds, the material sciences, the brains. The only thing it needed was funding that was wasted to corruption. There is no good reason we should not be in the position of France right now.
I guess you must have missed the Yeltsin era depression that reduced Russia's GDP by over 50%. The USA experienced a 25% GDP contraction during the Great
Depression. The USA got out of the Great Depression hole thanks to WWII, when its GDP grew about 300% relative to its depression minimum:
Where was Russia's WWII after 1999? You make the collective guilt attribution to Russia for failing to maintain a space program
as if money can be pulled out of Putin's rear. That is some sort of logic you have there. If you really want to attribute blame
for Russia failing to engage in a luxury economic activity, then blame Russian taxpayers. Tax avoidance rates in Russia during the
1990s and well into the 2000s exceeded anything seen in the USA at the worst point of the Great Depression by several times.
That is why the Soviet era 13% flat tax was maintained for personal incomes and resource exports became a major part of government
tax income. So it was the "we want to have our cake and eat it too" tax cheats who bear the direct blame for the collapse of
government funding for all government-funded sectors, including aerospace. That is of course in addition to a Super Depression
that did as much damage to the Russian economy as the Nazis during WWII.
I can't take any argument that omits the above show-stopper facts as being informed and valid. Everyone has an opinion, but
not everybody is qualified to pontificate on any given subject.